New Arizona Laws Address Data Breaches and Hiring Ex-Offenders
House Bills 2154 and 2311 recently were signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, which will take effect Aug. 3, 2018.
HB 2154, which strengthens Arizona's data breach consumer protection statutes, provides employers with additional guidance and updated notice procedures in the event of a data security system breach, while HB 2311 bolsters limited liability protections for employers when hiring employees or contracting with independent contractors previously convicted of criminal offenses.
The new legislation requires Arizona employers that become aware of "security incident" to conduct a prompt investigation to determine whether a security system breach has occurred. In addition, the law prohibits introducing evidence of an employee's or independent contractor's criminal offenses and|or convictions prior to the date of hire or engagement in negligent hiring cases.